My expectation of my post yesterday was that it was going to be read by wife and nobody else. The reality was that it was my most popular post so far. Granted that’s off a low base but I found this to be something of an eye-opener. It validated the idea of shipping in a real way for me as a newbie blogger. It confirmed that if you put yourself out there you may well connect with people who get you or with people who find that your message resonates with them.
My post was about writer’s block. A common enough affliction, I guess. So it resonated with more of the audience than I expected. I’ve learned quite a bit from my lack of inspiration last night. Tough it out even when you’re struggling. Shipping is important. Don’t overload your mind with expectations. The reality is rarely what you expect and you may be surprised by the response.
The world is a big place. The internet is full of people reading tons of stuff. I’m amazed and gratified that there were people out there who took the time to read and like my post. Even more gratified that some of them decided to follow the blog. Having a lot to say ( which I think I do) and having someone to listen is another expectation vs reality scenario that can have multiple outcomes. I’m excited to be on this journey with you. I’m learning as I go and I’m looking forward to connecting with more and more people. There are countless untold and fascinating stories out there that I want to hear. If what I share resonates I’d love to hear why. If it doesn’t I’d be just as interested in hearing why.
My interests are many and varied and it’s always cool when you connect with someone who gets your references or laughs at your jokes. But living in the Bay Area for just over a year now has opened my eyes to a world filled with people who don’t get my references or jokes and I want to learn more about them. Connect with them. What makes them tick? What are the things in their world which are shared history and references? In a meeting the other day all of us got a joke about having the electricity find the flux capacitor. I wondered though just how broad an audience that would have made sense to. As Seth Godin says, “We are all weird.” I want to find more weirdos and find out what their expectations of the world are and how that translates into their reality.
Let’s connect. I’m excited.